EDMONTON - Nicklas Lidstrom scored the winning goal during a two-man advantage in the third period and the Detroit Red Wings beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 in a penalty-filled playoff game last night.
The Red Wings evened their best-of-seven series at two wins each with Game 5 tomorrow in Detroit.
Tomas Holmstrom and Henrik Zetterberg also scored power-play goals for the Red Wings, while Robert Lang had a goal and two assists.
Fernando Pisani and Jaroslav Spacek scored power-play goals for Edmonton before a loud sellout crowd of 16,829 at Rexall Place.
Mathieu Schneider had three assists for the Red Wings, who snapped a two-game losing streak despite playing without captain Steve Yzerman, who was out with a back injury.
Lidstrom scored his first goal of the playoffs at 6:44 of the third period after Pisani took the Oilers second straight penalty by high-sticking Mikael Samuelsson in front of the Edmonton net.
Edmonton appeared to score the tying goal at 10:40 on a wraparound by Ryan Smyth, but a video review concluded that Red Wings goalie Manny Legace got his sprawling glove on the puck in time.
The Red Wings had seven power-play chances in the first two periods, but scored just once when Holmstrom crowded the crease for a tip-in on another 5-on-3.
Lang gave Detroit a 2-1 lead with 37 seconds left in the first period on a pinball goal that went in off the skate of Spacek.
Pisani scored the game's first goal from the right circle in the first period after Raffi Torres worked through two defenders to earn his first playoff assist.
Spacek tied the game 2-2 in the second with a one-timer off a cross-ice feed from Ales Hemsky for Edmonton's second goal on 10 shots.
Zetterberg backhanded the fourth goal in the third period with Hemsky off for tripping.
The Red Wings were 3-for-11 on the power play and outshot Edmonton 31-26 after losing 4-3 in double overtime on Tuesday night. There were 19 penalties called in Game 4.
Notes: Rookie D Matt Greene took three penalties in his playoff debut for the Oilers.
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